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Having people leave comments on your blog is such an ego boost, ainnit?

Every time I get online, I really look forward to seeing new comments.

I'm sure everyone feels that way, in varying degrees - a sort of validation of your work, eh? Not that I depend on comments to "keep me going" lah - but it's always nice to know that something I wrote impacted someone enough to take the time to drop a line or two in response.


... tangents ...

However, sometimes some people totally miss the point of the post, and it shows in what they say: sometimes I cringe and feel really sorry for them when they go off on a tangent, sometimes even displaying their ignorance or arrogance for all to see. When that happens, I wonder if by choosing to phrase words differently, i might have been able to better convey what I meant, and prevented such "miscommunications".

After all, *how* I write is as important as *what* I write about, right?


... responses ...

Then comes the challenge of "…

schmarents

“My yoga teacher says I should not have any bread or rice for one week,” announced a parent this morning.

Me: Errrrrr, okayyyyy, and this is for what reason?

“To lose weight”

Ah.

“What do you think?”

*sigh!*For those two people who got my security-issue-rant-too-toxic-to-be-posted-on-blog email… this is yet another case of the same thing.

What I’ve advised in the past, is not heeded.
What I myself try to practice, is not noted. But if similar* information comes from someone else… wow… hook line and sinker!

How am I ever going to make peace with someone who so battered my sense of self-worth when I was growing up, calling me STYOUPID all the time (as if YOU were so clever!!), insisting that it was “always right”, having this holier-than-thou looking-down-on-you attitude, seeming to pay more love and attention to the maid’s children than to us, in fact, seven seeming to take out its frustrations about its lot in life on the children, … someone who - as I have grown and become so much more se…

darth insomnius

urrgghh. have been trying to sleep since about 1130pm. it's 120am as i type. yep, gave up on the sleep thing.

Bad enuf I've been calling myself Darth Lynne due to my vader-esque heavy breathing, which is due to my stuffed nose... so with this lack of ability to sleep i hereby dub myself...

Darth Insomnius!

And while my schwartz may not be bigger than your schwartz, ... damn... can't think of a witty comparison thingy. bleh.

Misc surfing:
1. a Flickr photoset of airborne cats. amusing.

2. a word association thingy. Right now i'm at a 95-word chain, the last few words have been ... receiver, transmitter, radio, gaga, queen, flaming*, gay, pride, joy ... LMAO!! (in the end, i got the program to pass on "unyielding" which i had submitted in association with "rigid" (i refused to type flaccid lah, LOL!), at the end of a 168 word chain. this is a great time waster!! check it out!)* one of my fave quotes from Family Guy, when Asian Reporter Trisha Takina…

one o' them days

.. or should I say "daze"?

So yeah, I am battling a cold. My throat is scratchy. I'm sniffly. I'm sneezy. Maybe even grumpy (STOP NAMING DWARVES!!). All because I got SOAKED on Friday afternoon :(

Lunchtime: i went out for like 10 - 15 mins around noon, with my dad, to go pick up some lunch - KFC drive-thru. During that time, a storm swooped down on the area from outta nowhere! And... trust the wind to blow the rain riiiiiiiiiight into the drying area - where my ALMOST DRY clothes were now W. E. T. grrrrrrr!! (later, once the rain subsided, I took the clothes down, re-washed 'em, re-hung 'em. Sometimes I *really* wish my parents had a dryer!!)

Some things to cheer me up, and hopefully bring a smile to YOURS too
1. Jill (egg in spoon) has this GREAT "burst of joy" you should read about
2. Kenny Sia contemplates circumcision
3. Moxie has something veeeeeery eeeentereeeesting on eBay
4. Moxie also has vag-pits up for guesses!

But things that br…

stunned

seriously. i am stunned.

Read this. See the pix. Did this just happen today or something??

(Kinda weird having another protest today, seeing as the protests over the price hike were last held in March, right? some mentions here and here)

Did this actually happen here???

Too stunned to type more.

UPDATE: Monday 11am: Guess how much coverage this got in the papers? A teeeny tiny blurb at the bottom of the page, in the middle of the paper. No pix. No nothing. Typical reporting what is "safe" and of the "correct perspective"!!!
at least the "objective" got clarified... it *is* a protest over a price hike - of the electricity tariff - announced recently. it's is, of course, a result of the fuel price increase,, all related... but it makes sense that they were protesting something recent, not from 2 months ago. BTW - 2 months ago "they" said electricity tariffs would NOT be increased as a result of the fuel price increase. And "they&quo…

Interpreting Nietzsche

This quote was in my inbox today:You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.
- Friedrich NietzscheHmmm...

My first thought was "every day provides valuable opportunities for learning, whether you're a "pupil" or not!"

Then I looked at the quote again, and that didn't seem to fit, so I tried to understand what ol Nietzsche was getting at...

First: it's fine to be a pupil, but not permanently.

Definition of pupil, according to Merriam-Webster: : a child or young person in school or in the charge of a tutor or instructor : STUDENT
: one who has been taught or influenced by a famous or distinguished person
To me, when u say pupil, i [see] a kid in primary school uniform. Very much a vessel into which "knowledge" is spoonfedrammed poured. Someone who's probably not much into the questioning mode. And not really into the whole thinking-for-yourself concept. More of memorisation and regurgitation.

So how would one "remain alwa…

it's all about sex, baby

It's one of those kinda freaky coincidences: The Religious Policemean had a long post recently which mentioned misyar marriages, and that was the first I'd ever heard about such a thing. It was horrifying to read one quote: “It’s a great solution — isn’t it? It costs less than having a girlfriend — doesn’t it?”Here's wiki's take on what Misyar Marriages are all about. The summary: It's a marriage without the couple living together in the same house & the husband not being financially responsible for his wife.

Hmmmm... so why bother with this "marriage" then?

It's all about sex, baby!
What else???

.... And there I was, thinking wow i'm so glad i've never heard of this in Malaysia,,,, then ,,,, in today's papers ....

Nik Aziz: Misyar okay

KOTA BARU: Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has given his support to a proposal for misyar marriages to take place between Muslim men and women.

These types of marriages, which Nik Abdul A…

oh boy did it rain yesterday!

I may be converting to this template. (thanx to Ummi!)
Would be nice to tweak it so that the sidebar is on the left, not right.
I'm clueless about stuff like that. :p

Other news:

Yesterday was a relatively productive day:
I was supposed to have lunch with someone... but she cancelled on me well in
advance, yay for advance notice! ... but I had already planned to run errands in the KLCC area so I went ahead and hopped on the train to get there, and sms'ed Als to see if she was free/available
Post Office to courier something related to all that paperwork & hoops
Went to one bank to withdraw a whole bunch of $$ (in the form of a cheque lah, no worries)
Went to another bank to deposit the cheque into my savings, which is
connected to my credit card, which is where my life insurance (and
telephone) is charged. I figured while I remember I'd might as well
"top up" the account so that it's good for another 2 years or so :-)
Then went to yet ANOTHER bank, this time to pick …

search ESTO!

Karl's had really interesting searches that landed on his site.

Unlike me :p

But today! Today I noticed something: some person in Quebec "found" me when searching for time " the enema". Hmmm. Oooooookaaayyyyyyy. LMAO! Time for YOUR enema, perhaps, eh?

Errrr... and yeah, that was the only noteworth search/key word of the past 100 hits to this site. Bummer. Ooops, pun not intended, LMAO!!!!!!

(in case you were curious: this is what I'd once said about that subject)

Another Wednesday Nite!

8:30pm saw me at the lounge of one of the hotels in the Bukit Bintang area: a long-lost friend of mine is performing there – piano & singing, accompanied by a cello. Haven’t seen her in maybe 4 or 5 years! Couldn’t catch up too much tho (she *was* working, after all), but it was so great to see her again. And yes, she’s got a great voice.

Baby Angel met me there, hung out a bit more, then moved on to the main agenda for the night: Wednesday maaaah, ladies nite!

~9:30pm saw us at Qba, a latin-themed bar at the Westin Hotel. Serving sangrias for the ladies: bleh. Seemed like a nice layout/setup, but I just didn’t dig the songs. And when they ran out of sangrias quite soon after we got there (we did manage to down two by then, LOL!), we took that as a sign to move on to our main target.

~1030pm we were at Planet Hollywood: had to show our IC to get in: but not to check for age, just to make sure you have an ID. Weird. Anyways… I hit the white wine, Baby Angel the red (later white tho, …

Self-blurb

Whoohoooo! It looks like what I churned out last week was accepted with the most minor of teeny tiny edits. So I should be "published" next month! Whoohoooo! Okay so the article itself was just an overview of a particular institution*.

And it's not a famous/national magazine with a large circulation or anything. In fact, it's a "for distribution to members only" magazine, the members being people and organisations within the industry* I used to work in.

And *i* am not happy with what I wrote: it could do with a few more rounds of refinement, as far as I'm concerned :p

* (sorry - I ain't naming names :p )But hey, it's a start :-)

After all, it's still a proper publication, and can boast of readership within the international / expat community, not just local, eh?

And this start was impressive enough for me to be approached to work on another article already. Pretty cool, huh?

But: show me the $$ from this first one before I commit to another, k?

... i found ONE reason!

... one reason to NOT have my phone on silent:if i accidentally forget it somewhere, oh let's say on the passenger seat of my mom's car, it *would* help if it actually RANG when i called the phone, so she'd notice it was there, eh?I *so* almost gave myself a heart attack yesterday.

I'd hopped out to run a few errands using my mom's car in the morning. Sometime during the drive back, I musta taken my phone out to check for messages, and put it on the seat instead of back into the bag. Parking the basement, I musta just not seen the phone, leaving it on the seat as I exited the car and went back upstairs (locking the car, of course!).

Fun thing is, my mom then had the car for the rest of the day!

And there I was, not noticing anything was missing until maybe 5pm - and the panic started: emptied the bag; checked the bathroom; went over the entire room - nothing!! Did my bag get picked while I was having my roti telur at the NewTown mamak? Did i forget it at the ban…

... an uplifting elevator tale?

... I wish I could tell you I pressed ALL the buttons before stepping out...

There was such resonance when reading about Dave's elevator experience:

For those who know the building where I used to work, and who have actually been in those elevators.... you know how there are so many buttons to choose from, and we usually have to take two (sometimes THREE!!) different elevators to get to our floor.

So it's understandable to accidentally press the wrong button, right?

One day, there I was, getting into the lift with two other guys (total strangers). I hit the button for my floor, but as soon as I did it I realised I'd got it wrong. "Oooooops!" I said, and reached out to hit the right floor - but somehow I got it wrong again, lighting up yet another floor! "Urrgh!" I mutter, and only got it right on my THIRD stab.

All of which happenned to be lower than the other two guys' floor.

Ooops.

I'm about to flash an apologetic smile at these two guys, when on…

Teh 'O' Ais Limau

That's "Iced Lemon Tea" in Malay.
Teh = tea
'O' = "oh" as in "zero" as in no [sweetened condensed] milk (NOTE: this is different from "kosong" meaning empty, meaning no sugar)
Ais = ice
Limau = "lemon", actually a type of lime is used, not lemon, but let's not split hairs.Anyways... so if I happen to be in the mood for something not so "milky", I'd usually order this drink instead of a Teh Tarik ("pulled tea") when at a mamak shop. But for this trip back, I've made it a point to not take too much iced/cold drinks... so I'd try to remember to order the HOT version of Teh O Ais Limau.

And it was a weirdly tough effort!

I figured it would be "Teh O Panas Limau", right? Substitute "iced" with "hot", right? Yet the "waiters" would look at me funny, ev.ry.time.

One finally corrected me: you mean "Teh O Limau Panas".

Err, yeah... same diff, no? Nope…

I don't believe in ghosts

... however, I believe they exist.
(There's a fine difference in how it's phrased, IMHO)

And when I say ghosts, I also mean spirits and whatnot. I'm not gonna get technical, it's not like I'm studying them, LOL.

But I *have* been having a particularly demonic week or two, book-wise: Apart from having made my way through three Harry Dresden books (Harry being a wizard in Chicago, who has dealt with a storm-tapping wizard, a whole bunch of werewolves and most recently an elaborate plot by vampires to eliminate Dr Dresden) and The Historian (exploring yet another take on the Dracula tale - with fantastic results! review soon!!). Maybe that's put me in the mood for this topic?

So let's share some ghostly stuff, shall we?
What might have been my first ever sight of something "out of this world" was when I was maybe 10 years old. Chatting with the kids of our neighbourhood out in the driveway, I saw something large and white yet transparent whizz through…

can anyone help?

I got reminded that I have beeen waiting *so* long for Book 5 of a particular series... searched for some info and now i'm confused whether it's been released or not...

The author is an Australian lass by the name of Isobelle Carmody. The series is her Obernewtyn Chronicles.

This site gives Book #5 (The Sending) a publishing date of 2006.
The amazon UK site says October 31, 2004 but has no reviews or anything, which makes me doubt that this is right...

Anyone out there with a clue?

And for those who have not heard of her... i certainly recommend this series... I've read Books 1-4 at least twice,,, and here I am wondering which box they are packed in cos I may just wanna bring them back with me to reread *again* once in the Windy City, in anticipation of being able to get my hands on Book #5 sometime this year....

Can anyone give me hope? And you don't have to be named Joanna :-)

Thought for the Day

When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we're still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on--series polygamy--until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.

- Tom Robbins

whoohoooo! i am filthy!

heehehe... filthy rich!!!

Well, i *would* be... if only what I got in my email is true... sigh...
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Possibilities and ...

Harrrumph!
ONE: they totally loved it, no need for any edits or revisions
TWO: they totally hated it, and are just going to pretend it never existed
THREE: despite the deadline, no-one’s read it yet.No idea. No feedback. I wonder.

Have been in a zombie state all day; dozed off, woke up thinking it was much later than it really was, am still a bit disoriented.

Bleh.

Anyways: in this downtime, thought I’d share something that caught my eye in yesterday’s papers:

ONE: Pick subjects in demand, Najib urges undergradsUndergraduates pursuing teaching courses in universities have been reminded to select options that are in demand instead of those which interest them. (Read the whole thing here) Okay, actually he’s coming from the point of view that there are critical shortages in teachers of English, Science and Mathematics while there are an excess of graduates in the teaching of Malay and Religious Studies, so he’s looking at having to shunt teachers into fields out of their specializatio…

Draft #1 submitted...

... at 8:12am.... after an entire night of chipping away at that friggin block.

it started to finally flow - like around 3am. still took forever to piece together.

but it's done, for now.

now for some food, maybe a quick power nap.

Will be checking for brickbats in a few hours, and I expect to be busy totally revising the thing the rest of the day.

Fun.

Ciao!

blog silence

.. lynne is experiencing writers block for that assignment-turned-nightmare (details later) ... please be patient while she struggles to capture all those words running around in her head that just. refuse. to get typed. or written down. gotta love it when the mood and motivation disappeared weeks ago, but i just have to grit my teeth (is THAT why my jaw's been aching the last few days?) and go on anyway ... ah, just like old times. wish I had some Bailey's with me, that would be immensely helpful... so, dear readers, do send inspiring and encouraging thoughts my way, and I hope to be back in the blogosphere by my Thursday... till then, ciao!

Would *you* eat this?

Okay so I was at the Coffee Bean across PJ Hilton a while back, and I caught sight of this delivery truck.

For some reason, I kept reading and re-reading what it said.

Is it just me, or is this a bit misleading?

Here's a close-up:
I assume from the different colors that they DON'T mean "no fiber added" lah... but what if you are color blind ah?

No sugar, no fiber... what for eat lah!

hehehee!!

Late Sunday thoughts and stuff...

Remember that Information Minister who didn't seem to read books? Thought of him for some reason when I saw this quote the other day:
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage
over the man who cannot read them."
- Mark Twain

Saw this at arod's place: i totally agree with Australia's stand. i think the UK and the US could do with such a stance. those extremists (and to me DEVIANTS of the true teachings of the religion) might as well just go to Iran or Saudi Arabia or whereever they feel "true Islam" with its Shariah laws and everything are practiced.. go lah, by all means. Let the rest of us reasonable people who actually use our *gasp!* akal stay on and attempt to put right all the damage you have done to the religion, in the name of the religion.

Ever since The Star ran an article last week highlighting house husbands, there have been people writing in both supporting and denouncing the practice. Some person stuck in lala land actually…

Spaaaaaaaaaaaaam!

In one of my email inboxes today:
From: "Earle" bahbgajkefloy@talktofrank.com
To: [yeah right!]
Subject: spending time with you
Date: Fri 05/12/06 08:35 PM

Do not ignore me please,
I found your email somewhere and nowa decided to writbe you.
I am coming to your place in few weeks and thought we
can meet each other. Let me know if you do not mind.
I am a nice pretty girl. Don't reply to this emabil.
Email me direclty at ahv@datetodayy.com
yeaaaaahhhhh, riiiiiiiiiiight.

Instead of just hitting delete, decided to sincerely flatter (i.e. imitate) JJ and what he did a while back.

Nice pretty girl named "Earle", meet nice pretty spam.

Oh, and all you web-crawling bots looking for email addys to add to your spam lists? Please help yourselves to those two over there, okay?

Cheers!

More Scenes of Malaysia...

Remember that day I went on a wild goose chase for my birth certificate translation?

I took pictures!!
I was reminded of Patrick Teoh's hypothesis that having A4-paper signs/announcements is one of the sure-fire ways to know if you're in a government-related place. Sure enough.. this scene is from the National Registration Department at PJ NewTown.

If I recall correctly, the smaller notice, the one above the array of switches, to the right of the fusebox or whatever, is something that advises customers to make sure receipts are issued for any payments made.

Yeaaaah... and you just kinda sneak that very important piece of advice where?

On that little slip of paper, on the wall, which you probably won't see at all.

Check!

Moving on....
At the same office: I was sitting minding my own business, waiting for my number to be called, when out of the corner of my eye, i saw something white fluttering around.

No lah, not a ghost lah...

Just that this Ah Pek (errr, is that racist/derogatory…

Particularly nasty weather...

It was really bad last Wednesday, can you tell?



Wanna see the havoc and damage this particular storm system "blessed" us with? Check out the pix & article here.

"Among the worst hit areas was Damansara Damai near Sungai Buloh where 30 vehicles were washed away. Three cars were also washed away near Taman Billion in Cheras.Yep, you read it right... WASHED AWAY??!!

yikes!

...these storms are SO VIOLENT and wreaking SO MUCH DAMAGE recently, it's really worrying...

"they" blame it on the fact that the average temperature in Malaysia has gone up by 0.8[degrees] since 20yrs ago.

amazing how that little bit of temperature variation can result in such catastrophic changes in weather, eh?

It hit me over the weekend...

(I kinda hijacked Karl’s comment section with a part of this story. I decided to post the full thing here. But do visit his article here to see what started me on this oh-so-lovely trip down memory lane, k?)

So yeah: It hit me over a weekend. It was March 1997.

I don’t remember details, all I know is that I felt like s##t the entire weekend.

Crawled to work that Sunday*, and sometime that morning dropped by the office of one of my few pals there, only for him to take one look at me and go “Lynne, your eyes are YELLOW! You better go see a doctor!”

Yellow?? WTF???
So I crawled to the klinik… and the doctor seemed totally unsurprised at my symptoms, immediately diagnosing me with Hepatitis A (I think? The once-off, non-chronic, food-borne kind..). It seems that a whole bunch of people were coming down with it.** I wasn't just yellow-eyed: now that it had been pointed out, yeah I was kinda yellow all over: jaundice!!

With that diagnosis came the “sentence”: you need to be hospitalize…

U want my new phone number?

+603-500-6152
Believe it or not, it's a meme.
(ugh, now i have The Greatest American hero theme in my head!!!)

It's real easy and fun:

Put in your area code

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First number of prefix is dating status

1- Single but in love
2- Taken
3- Confused
4- single and confused
5- taken and Happy
6- single
7- Taken and in Love
8- Want Someone but taken
9- Have a Crush
0- Just Dating

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Next number put your current mood

1- Happy
2- Sad
3- Confused
4- Afraid
5- Excited
6- Cheerful
7- Sleepy
8- Angry
9- Stressed
0- Other

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Next number is the color of your top

1- Black
2- blue
3- Red
4- Orange
5- white
6- Green
7- Yellow
8- Pink
9- Purple
0- Other

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Next number is the month you were born in

1- Jan. or Feb.
2- Mar.
3- April
4- May
5- Jun. or Jul
6- Aug.
7- Sep.
8- Oct.
9- Nov.
0- Dec.

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Next number is your fave color

1- Black
2- White
3- Pink
4- Blue
5- Green
6- Purple
7- Yellow
8- Orange
9- Red
0- Other

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Next number is your favor…

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to Buddha!

And my wishes for a happy Wesak to all Buddhist readers :-)

And we get another long weekend too! (the second in three! two out of three!! Meat Loaf would be so happy!)

P/S @ 245pm
1. Forgot to add: having a long weekend isn't too too meaningful to me lah, seeing as I'm a jobless bum and all... *grin!* but I know how welcome they were when I was a corporate slave, so I feel the need to mark the occasion :)

2. How appropriate for Wesak? Just finished reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Wow. Once I get my thoughts together, will definitely post a review. It's thought provoking, and I really urge ya, if you haven't read it, to pick up a copy. And if you have read it before, maybe to reread? I know for me I need to make sure I reread it in about a year. Seriously.

A REAL example of "Malaysia Boleh"

From today's The Star:

Jasin MP admits that firm in Customs timber saga is his

KUALA LUMPUR: Jasin MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof has admitted that he is the sole proprietor of a company involved in a recent case where the Malacca Customs was asked to “close one eye” over an illegal import of sawn timber from Indonesia.

He said he had apologised to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi over the matter ... “I met him, I shook hands with him and said 'I minta maaf kalau I buat salah',” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday...Translation of his "apology": I apologise if I've done wrong.

That is not an apology!

Does this guy truly believe there's nothing wrong in using your position as an MP to "facilitate" a hitch in customs for a company WHICH YOU OWN?

Can you say Abuse of Power? Conflict of Interest??

“I’m allowed to do business. Why can’t MPs do business?” Doing business is one thing. Abusing your power, taking advantage of your …

Lelaki Komunis Terakhir?

I'm gonna be putting my recent reading mood to good use: I did tell Kevin I was interested in submitting some book reviews for his Fun With Dead Trees site. Will churn out a few based on these recent reads, once I'm done with that magazine article thingy.

And speaking about books, reading, and stuff...
So Amir Muhammad's film, Lelaki Komunis Terakhir (The Last Communist), which got though the Censorship Board with no cuts, no nothing, has been banned "... as many Malaysians are still hurt by the brutality inflicted by Chin Peng's Communist Party of Malaya...", among a variety of reasons that don't *quite* make sense to me in this day and age.

The Censorship Board approved the movie, for heaven's sake! That used to be the be all and end all, right? Now, it seems that one or two influential small-minded people (influential precisely so many people in this country CAN'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES??!!) have judged this movie without even seeing it first…

It's already Wednesday??

I am on to my 4th book in 5 days.

Storm Front – Jim Butcher: Excellent. I’m gonna be looking for the next few books in this series.

The Magic of Recluse – L. E. Modesitt Jr: Okay lah. A good read but not good enough for me to buy any other books of this author/series, that’s what libraries are for :D

The Joy of Work – Scott Adams: I think I’ll just concentrate on his comics. And an occasional visit to his blog. But I *am* considering picking up his “serious” non-Dilbert book God’s Debris. But maybe that’s also gonna be a library thing :p

Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig: Am about a third of the way through. Wow. This is very thought provoking. And it’s really amusing to recognize what the Ferrari-lessMonk was trying to imitate but failed oh so badly!
On another note or two:
anyone else have problems with blogger my last night? I couldn’t sign in, couldn’t view any blogspot blog. What the heck is wrong with them, that their service has taken such a …

Spoiled? Moi???

This has been making the meme rounds... and I'm hopping on the bandwagon with a self-tag. Here goes....

Are you spoiled?
You are if you can BOLD 40 or more of the following:
Do you have...your own cell phone - i used to have TWO :-) soon I'll have none and I'm not gonna miss it either.
a television in your bedroom an iPod - Kosh has two iPod products, but not me
a photo printeryour own phone line
TiVo or a generic digital video recorderhigh-speed internet access - i wish... remember me moaning bitchin about dialup?
a surround sound system in bedroomDVD player in bedroomat least a hundred DVDs - helps when over here VCDs were the preferred format for the longest time. Pirated, of course. But even then, no, I don't have many at all.
a childfree bathroom
your own in-house officea pool a guest housea game rooma queen-size beda stocked bara working dishwasher - yeah, her name is Lynne :p
an icemakera working washer and dryer - Only washers. Dryers are uncommon in Malaysia.
more th…

I wish...

... that I could have this conversation:

Me: I had noodles for lunch. Boy were they heavy.

Victim: Really? What did you have?

Me: Wantan noodles.
Unfortunately, I doubt anyone I know here would appreciate the humour.

The other day i *did* have wantan mee.

But I had noone to share the pun with.

Bummer.

Watch out for these computer viruses!!

From a blogworthy email:
The George Bush Virus
- Causes your computer to keep looking for viruses of mass destruction.

The John Kerry Virus
- Stores data on both sides of the disk and causes little purple hearts to appear on screen.

The Clinton Virus
- Gives you a permanent Hard Drive ; with NO memory

The Al Gore Virus
- Causes your computer to keep counting and re-counting

The Bob Dole Virus
- Makes a new hard drive out of an old floppy

The Lewinsky Virus
- Sucks all the memory out of your computer, then e-mails everyone about what it did

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Virus
- Terminates some files, leaves, but will be back

The Mike Tyson Virus
- Quits after two bytes

The Oprah Winfrey Virus
- Your 200 GB hard drive shrinks to 100 GB, then slowly expands to re-stabilize around 350 GB

The Ellen Degeneres Virus
- Disks can no longer be inserted

The Prozac Virus
- Totally screws up your RAM,but your processor doesn't care

The Michael Jackson Virus
- Only attacks minor files

The Lorena Bobbitt Virus
-…

Slow Sunday

The day started with an impromptu YM chat with Kosh.

Then went for breakfast: had Raju's in the light drizzle.

Then made it thru almost the end of my current read.

Showered, hopped into the car, dropped by Ganesh's for some karipap, then off to Jay's place for another mini-meet with some St Marians. So i kinda got interrogated by [ugh, too braindead to think up aliases, sowwy!] most of them since I've not bothered to share too much info with too many people about what's been up with me. But was still good to meet up, *and* to see Jay's FOUR kids. Yikes!

Back at the apartment around 630pm.

Finished the book.

Pottered around online.

Think I will turn in early tonight.

I tend to skip the gym on weekends: will be there tomorrow morning.

And in the meantime... something I got from Yo a while back:
Who Should Paint You: Alfred Gockel
All American yet funky, you inspire an artist's imagination
And while not everyone will understand your portrait, you will!What Artist Should …

A Tale of a Malaysian Breakfast

I saw it scurrying around in the corner.

Kept an eye on it.

If it came closer to me, I’d stomp on it lah. Otherwise, well, let’s just keep an eye on it.

When “confronted” with things like this, I take the time for a little acknowledgement and thanks for not being one of those people who have this extreme phobia of roaches: who, if in my situation right then, would have already fled screaming out of the shop in terror, or be standing on the chair and freaking out, or something.

I’m also glad that I was there alone this morning, without any of people I know who “suffer” from this condition!
So I calmly kept an eye on the critter.

It scurried here, scurried there, making little attempts to perhaps climb the wall, then back down, then scurried there and back again… always keeping right there where the floor meets the wall.

Then it decided to climb. For real.

By the time it had reached about table height, I had already signaled to one of the waiters, and pointed out the roach.

Remember, this …

Fair-weather Malaysians

He lost the first set.
Early in the second set, he was trailing 0-5.All around me, I heard “What lah this fella. Kalah already lah. Useless lah.”

Typical Malaysians? They’ll cheer and be all happy when we win, but are all too quick to give up and jeer when things are not looking good. Yes, jeer. When you should be doubling your cheering, willing the player to tap into his reserves, dig deep, and beat that Dane, bring Malaysia into the Thomas Cup final.

At least those who were there in Tokyo were cheering. Those at the restaurant where we had dinner (chosen because they had a tv & showing the match, btw) were, like I said, so quick to pronounce our Thomas Cup chances as over. Including a parent of mine.

It makes me so mad and ashamed, all at the same time.

It ain’t over till the final point has been played, y’all!

And Kuan Beng Hong tried. He tried. He came back! Of course, when he fought back to tie at 18-18, everyone around me was cheering him on again lah.

Friggin fair-wea…